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I Lost My iPod

Two nights ago I left my iPod in a cab. I hailed it at 3:00 AM after working an 18 hour day of lifting and moving. I put the iPod down to take my wallet out and forgot to pick it up. I didn’t take notice of the cab company (there are at least 12 companies in Toronto). I called a few of the majors up and left a description, but I am not optimistic.

I just want people to understand that they need to label their iPods. I had looked into various services of pre-made stickers with serial numbers or having it engraved but I never got around to it. Even if someone found it and wanted to return it they couldn’t.

I bought the 10GB model in August 2002 and I can honestly say that I have used it almost every single day. My next paycheque is going to be dedicated to buying a new 10GB model, but I wish it didn’t have to come to that. I can’t afford the 15 or 30GB models, but I eventually plan on buying the dock and remote.

Please people, even if it’s an ugly sticker with your email address on it, please label your iPod.

Becart Announces New iPod Stand

A new iPod stand for 1st and 2nd generation iPods has been announced by Becart, a small company specializing in auto accessories and custom designed products. The stand is machined from solid aluminum with polished, rounded edges, and resembles the dock for new iPods. It’s available now for $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

Apple Store for Education promo features iPod

A new Apple Store for Education ‘Buy a bundle’ promotion is offering a $200 rebate when you buy a qualifying portable and iPod. If you add a Canon printer you’ll get an additional $100 rebate. The promo excludes the iBook with CD-only configuration. Offer good for qualifying products purchased between May 30, 2003 and Sept. 27, 2003. “Products must be purchased by from the Apple Education Store for Individuals or a participating Apple Authorized Campus Reseller”

Infrared Remote for iPod Coming Soon

German company Ulshofer has emailed an update about the development of their Infrared remote control (receiver) module for iPod. As reported earlier, Ulshofer has developed a prototype infrared remote that plugs into the earphone port on iPod, and can be used with any remote control device; TV remote, CD changer remote, etc.

“Because of the tremendous feedback on our prototype announcement, we are going to speed-up production time. Pricing for the receiver module will be between EUR 59 ($70) and EUR 69 ($80) (depending on type/model). Availability will be given probably in early August 2003.”

CNET: Microsoft, again: Apple’s old nemesis

“In a masterstroke of technological and marketing acumen, Apple Computer appeared to have seized the digital music industry last month by boldly creating its own retail download service.

The Macintosh maker, diagnosed being near death in the 1990s, seemed to have pulled off another miracle: Its iTunes Music Store sold 2 million songs in its first 16 days, dwarfing rival download services and drawing raves from Silicon Valley to Hollywood. Yet even before the initial euphoria could subside, the company began hearing familiar rumblings from points north—namely, Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash.”

“How to Upgrade iTunes Without Losing Sharing”

Author Jim Heid of Avondale Media has posted a great tip on keeping iTunes 4.0 Internet sharing capabilities with the recent release of 4.0.1.

“Anyone who listens to AAC audio will want to upgrade to iTunes 4.0.1, since it fixes a playback problem that existed in version 4.0.

But you may have become fond of iTunes 4’s Internet sharing features, which, as I wrote yesterday, are no more.

The solution? Keep both versions—they’ll coexist on your hard drive.

Before installing version 4.0.1, simply drag the iTunes application icon out of the Applications folder and into a different folder. Then install the 4.0.1 update.

When you want Internet sharing, simply launch version 4.0.”

Note: Jim also has some good info on what’s new in 4.0.1 and how it handles sharing.

NYT: Apple Finds the Future for Online Music Sales

‘The Pop Life’ columnist, Neil Strauss writes about Apple’s success with iTunes Music Store and the recent disabling of iTunes Internet sharing capabilities.

“In just its first month of operation the service, by the company’s estimate, has sold three million songs online, at 99 cents each. This is an impressive figure considering the limited access that music fans now have to the service.

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“We designed it to allow friends and family to easily stream (not copy) their music between computers at home or in a small group setting, and it does this well,” the statement said. “But some people are taking advantage of it to stream music over the Internet to people they do not even know. This was never the intent.” A spokesman for Apple, Chris Bell, said the company made the decision by itself.”

“A Penny Saved” comic features iPod

Penny Arcade has released a comic about the iPod in response to the PVP comic.

“After seeing Scott’s iPod storyline, Gabe had to see one of these things for himself.  He was very impressed with everything but the price, which quite naturally lead to a heated conversation with a person who doesn’t exist in a place that is not real.”

Refurbished 10GB iPod for $199

The Apple Store has 2nd generation 10GB iPods for Mac and Windows available for $199. The package contains the following items:

(1) 10GB iPOD w/rechargeable lithium battery (with new touchpad)
(1) Headphones (new earbud-style)
(1) Remote and Carrying Case
(1) Apple iPod Power Adapter
(1) Apple FireWire Cable (2m)
(1) Manual
(1) CD-ROM Disc w/iTunes and electronic documentation
(1) One Year Warranty limited

Three FM Transmitters Reviewed

Travis Butler for TidBits has posted a review of the iTrip, SoundFeeder and iRock FM transmitters.

“Is the iTrip perfect? No. I wish the signal was stronger so reception could be clear and consistent across the city. I wish Griffin could have come up with a less cluttered approach to tuning, though I’m not sure what would work better.

Would I recommend the iTrip to others? Yes. If nothing else, the massive improvement in convenience over the other FM transmitters is worth it. The wide-ranging digital tuning - even given the Rube Goldbergian approach - is also welcome.”

Mac: NETsettings NowPod 1.2b5 Released

NowPod is an application that transfers contact information from Now Contact 4.x to an Apple iPod. Your iPod must be upgraded with iPod Software v1.1

RealNetworks Launches New Music Service

RealNetworks has launched the RealOne RHAPSODY music service charging subscribers 79˘ to burn individual tracks.

“RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK) today announced a new music service, RealOne? RHAPSODY®, a co-branded version of the popular RHAPSODY digital music subscription service.  RealOne RHAPSODY offers consumers unlimited, ?all you can eat? access to the broadest library of major and independent label music with more than 330,000 tracks available for on-demand listening and more than 200,000 songs available for transferring to CD, aka ?burning.?  At only 79˘ per track, RealOne RHAPSODY offers subscribers the lowest per-burn price available to U.S. consumers through any of the new generation of digital music services.”

“The iPod As A Digital Wallet Gateway Drug”

AppleMatters writer, Hadley Stern writes about iPod becoming a digital wallet - not just for music storage, but also photos and video.

“With the new iPod’s connection, the iPod can now connect to either firewire or USB devices. The iPod could become, with the help of some good software and firmware, not only the best mp3 player in the world, but also the world’s favorite digital wallet.”

KBase Documents updated for iTunes 4

iTunes 4.0.1 for Mac OS X: Information and Download
iTunes 4: Shared Music Library Is Not Compatible Alert
iTunes 4: Effects Can Cause Some Sound Fluctuation During Playback

20GB iPod for $294.95

I purchased a new 2nd gen 20GB Mac iPod from MacWarehouse last night.  They still have some in stock, and 2nd day shipping was a mere $11.13.  Search for “MicroWarehouse Part #: ACC5888.”  In addition to my old 10GB iPod, I now have 30GB total storage, and the buttons are where I want them!

WSJ: Real Networks to compete with Apple iTMS

Apple’s iTunes Music Store is to face competition from Real Networks, which will today announce a music download service for only 79 cents a track. According to the Wall Street Journal, the service will be based on the Rhapsody service from listen.com, which Real bought last month.

The move means Real won’t push Musicnet any more, a joint venture between it and major firms EMI, AOL and Bertelsmann. But the Journal points out that Real Networks owns 40 per cent of Musicnet and has already plunged an estimated $4 million into the service. Most people are waiting to see what Microsoft will do, as the race to sell music online gathers pace.

CNET: “Apple limits iTunes file sharing”

Ian Fried, staff writer for CNET News.com reports on the latest iTunes upgrade which limits sharing to local networks.

“‘The new iTunes 4.0.1 update limits Rendezvous music sharing to work only between computers on a local network (its intended use) and disables music sharing over the Internet,’ Apple said in a statement provided to CNET News.com.

‘Rendezvous music sharing…has been used by some in ways that have surprised and disappointed us,’ Apple said. ‘We designed it to allow friends and family to easily stream (not copy) their music between computers at home or in a small group setting, and it does this well.  But some people are taking advantage of it to stream music over the Internet to people they do not even know.’”

iTunesStatus.com Resurrected

  • May 27, 2003

Update: Michael Simmons has decided to bring back iTunesStatus.com...

“Due to a high request of people wanting the service back up, I have decided to re-launch it.
Please note YOU WILL have to have iTunes 4.0 and not higher to use this service.
I thank you for all your support, and hope to continue the service, even at a lower percentage of people able to use the service.”

Apple Disables iTunes Sharing with 4.0.1 upgrade

Apple has released iTunes 4.01, a small upgrade, with “a number of performance and network access enhancements”, some AppleScript changes and, most notably, the disabling of Internet Sharing.

From the Apple Knowledge Base: “iTunes 4.0.1 only allows music sharing between computers using iTunes 4.0.1 or later on a local network (in the same subnet).”

Mac: iTunes 4.0.1 Released

iTunes 4 features superior sound quality including support for MPEG-4 AAC audio. iTunes 4.0.1 includes a number of performance and network access enhancements, and only allows music sharing between computers using iTunes 4.0.1 or later on a local network (in the same subnet). If you have an Apple SuperDrive, you can archive your song files to a DVD disc as well as burn playlists to standard audio CDs to play in your car or home stereo.

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